When rookie free agent safety Jadar Johnson announced his retirement on Sunday, the statement from his agent made reference to Johnson valuing his health. We will never know if that was a reaction to the devastating results of a recently released study finding that 110 of 111 brains of former NFL players that were studied found signs of CTE.
Safety Nat Berhe suffered two concussions last season, missing nine games. He said Sunday he never thought about leaving the game.
“I don’t think I ever considered that as an option,” Berhe said. “Just was just thinking about football,”
What about the CTE study and the risks?
“The study – I don’t really want to get into all that. It is what it is,” Berhe said. “I think a lot of the times guys have been playing since six-seven years old. So, I mean, is your brain fully developed then? Who knows? I’m not a scientist.”
Berhe also missed the 2015 season with a calf injury, so it has been two trying seasons for the 26-year-old, a fifth-round pick by the Giants in 2014.
“I had a long offseason. Did a lot of soul-searching and I’m cool,” Berhe said. “It’s like the stock market. You can’t stay down for too long. Eventually, you know, you’ll come up. So, I’m not worried.”
Engram: Blocking Is Biggest Challenge
The biggest question about first-round pick Evan Engram has been whether or not he can handle the blocking duties that inevitably will come with being a tight end. He said Sunday that learning the blocking aspect is “the biggest thing on my plate right now.”
“I’m comfortable putting my face in there. There is a lot of technique…
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